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Google's proposed Fitbit buy under full EU investigation

Google's proposed Fitbit buy under full EU investigation

The EU Commission opened Tuesday an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google over the amount of data Google could use for personalisation of the ads it serves.

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EU complies with WTO Airbus rulings, wants US tariffs lifted

EU complies with WTO Airbus rulings, wants US tariffs lifted

The governments of France and Spain agreed with Airbus Friday to modify the terms of a 'repayable launch investment' granted by them for development of the A350 aircraft to reflect market conditions.

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Restrict aid to companies with links to tax havens, says Brussels

Restrict aid to companies with links to tax havens, says Brussels

The European Commission recommended Tuesday that EU Member States do not grant financial support to companies with links to countries that are on the EU's list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

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EU seeks to bolster trade defence again foreign state-subsidised takeovers

EU seeks to bolster trade defence again foreign state-subsidised takeovers

The EU Commission adopted Wednesday a White Paper dealing with distortive effects of foreign subsidies in the Single Market, in a bid to defend European companies from foreign state-subsidised takeovers.

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Brussels opens antitrust probe into Apple Pay

Brussels opens antitrust probe into Apple Pay

The European Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation Tuesday to assess whether Apple's conduct in connection with Apple Pay, such as its terms and conditions, violates EU competition rules.

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Coronavirus: EU approves UK SME support schemes

Coronavirus: EU approves UK SME support schemes

The EU Commission on Thursday approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

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EU extends liner shipping antitrust exemption for 4 years

EU extends liner shipping antitrust exemption for 4 years

The EU on Tuesday prolonged for another four years the regulation outlining conditions under which liner shipping consortia can provide joint services without infringing EU antitrust rules.

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Coronavirus: EU set to relax state aid rules to support Europe's economy

Coronavirus: EU set to relax state aid rules to support Europe's economy

The EU Commission sent a proposal to Member States Monday for a temporary state aid framework to support Europe's businesses in the context of the shocks the corona virus is causing to the economy.

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Brussels imposes new anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel

Brussels imposes new anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel

The EU Commission decided Wednesday to impose anti-dumping duties on imports of steel road wheels originating in China, to be in place as of tomorrow and to remain in place for a 5-year period.

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State aid for Beziers airport, Ryanair link in EU probe

State aid for Beziers airport, Ryanair link in EU probe

The European Commission opened an investigation Monday into whether operating aid granted to Béziers airport in France and marketing agreements with Ryanair are in line with EU State aid rules.

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 EU tells Romania to recover EUR 570m 'incompatible aid' from rail freight operator CFR Marfa

EU tells Romania to recover EUR 570m 'incompatible aid' from rail freight operator CFR Marfa

Rail freight operator CFR Marfa received at least EUR 570m 'incompatible state aid' from Romania through debt write-off and failure to collect debts from the company, the EU Commission said Monday.

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Proposed savings from Chrysler-Peugeot merger look unlikely and UK may bear brunt

Commenting on the merger between Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot, John Colley, Associate Dean of Warwick Business School and an expert on company mergers, said:

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Brussels probes German grants to public casinos

Brussels probes German grants to public casinos

The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation Monday to assess whether the special tax treatment of public casinos operators in Germany is in line with EU State aid rules.

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EU greenlights EUR 3.2 billion battery research project

EU greenlights EUR 3.2 billion battery research project

The European Commission approved Monday under EU state aid rules a 'Common European interest' project jointly notified by seven EU Member States to support research and innovation in batteries.

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French retailers Casino, Intermarché in EU antitrust probe

French retailers Casino, Intermarché in EU antitrust probe

The EU Commission opened an antitrust investigation Monday to assess whether the French retail groups Casino and Intermarché breached EU competition rules by coordinating their conduct in the market.

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US chipmaker ordered by EU to stop 'anticompetitive practices'

US chipmaker ordered by EU to stop 'anticompetitive practices'

Broadcom, the world's leading supplier of chipsets used for TV set-top boxes and modems, must stop applying exclusivity provisions in agreements with its top customers, the Commission ordered Wednesday.

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EU fines Coroos, Groupe CECAB EUR 31m for canned veg cartel

EU fines Coroos, Groupe CECAB EUR 31m for canned veg cartel

The EU Commission has fined Coroos and Groupe CECAB a total of EUR 31,647,000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Bonduelle was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission.

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EU starts probe into dumped hot rolled steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia

EU starts probe into dumped hot rolled steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia

The European Commission initiated Monday an anti-dumping investigation into imports of hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils from China, Indonesia and Taiwan.

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Ryanair has to return EUR 8.5m illegal state aid: EU

Ryanair has to return EUR 8.5m illegal state aid: EU

France must recover EUR 8.5 million of illegal state aid made to Ryanair, the EU Commission said Friday, as regional marketing agreements at the airport of Montpellier are illegal under EU state aid rules.

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Chipmaker Qualcomm fined EUR 242m for 'predatory pricing'

Chipmaker Qualcomm fined EUR 242m for 'predatory pricing'

The EU Commission fined US tech giant Qualcomm EUR 242 million Thursday, for abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets, sold below cost with the aim of forcing its competitor Icera out of the market.

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